From the AVC Gallery Page
Two artists who utilize non-traditional approaches to wax-based media are featured in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery’s show “Collective Residents: New Encaustic Works by Erin Anfinson and Sarah Rowland.”
The free exhibit is open to the public 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Oct. 26.
Both artists use a mix of processes from different disciplines to utilize encaustic’s elastic properties. Encaustic combines pigment with a wax binder, which can be melted to create a rich liquid painting medium.
Its viscous consistency allows for molten forms that hold collaged materials. Also, the wax can be poured into a polished smooth surface, which can be incised for fine drawing or receive printed imagery like paper.
According to gallery director David Babb, Anfinson’s work combines beauty and the grotesque in her exploration of a cyclical domestic nuisance: dirty laundry. The result is luminous and lyrical, lending her laundry piles both breathing presence and stubborn resilience.
Rowland’s densely layered paintings of sparse interior spaces evoke references to memory and accumulated history left by previous inhabitants. A home’s interior walls become “witness to the best, worst and most unconscious actions of generations of different residents,” according to Rowland.